Sunday, May 26th, 2019

Author: John Hammer

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The Tale Of Two Zoning Requests

Two seemingly similar zoning requests a few hundred yards apart on McConnell Road had the exact opposite outcomes before the Greensboro City Council at the meeting on Tuesday, May 21 in the Council Chamber.

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Zoners Revolt Over Notes From Their Doctors

The Greensboro Zoning Commission in revolt over a bunch of rules is a little hard to imagine. But that’s what Greensboro Planning Administrator Mike Kirkman had on his hands when he tried to explain that the zoning commissioners would have to sign an agreement stating they would comply with all the new rules and regulations in the new City of Greensboro Boards and Commissions Handbook.

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Good Repair Ordinance Not Popular At Public Meeting

Judging by the public response at the “Drop-In” session on the proposed Good Repair Ordinance on Wednesday, May 15 at the Central Library, the people of Greensboro are not in favor of the ordinance by a wide margin.  Of the ten folks who showed up eight were against the ordinance to varying degrees, one was in favor and one was on the fence. 

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Mark Walker Takes On The NCAA

Sixth District Congressman Mark Walker is taking on an issue most people in North Carolina care more about than taxes, military spending, illegal immigration and climate change combined, at least during March – the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and, in particular, NCAA basketball.

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Rules And Ways Around The Rules In Raleigh

In the legislature down in Raleigh the crossover deadline was last week which means any bill that didn’t already pass in the state House or Senate is dead for the year.  Unless some powerful Republican decides they really want a bill, then they strip the language out of a bill that did pass and replace it with the language for the new bill. 

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Greensboro Dissed By State Signage

Driving south toward Greensboro on NC 68, a driver not familiar with the area would never know they were headed straight for Greensboro and an easy route downtown via Bryan Boulevard because the signs tell you you’re headed to High Point.

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Drop In To Learn About Good Repair Ordinance

Greensboro is holding a “drop in public information session” to give people a chance to learn about the proposed “Good Repair Ordinance” on Wednesday, May 15 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Tannenbaum Room of Greensboro Central Library at 219 N. Church St.

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Working Group Throws Transparency Out The Window

If it looks like a committee and acts like a committee, is it a committee?What is being called the Cure Violence Working Group made up of four members of the Greensboro City Council and four members of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, certainly looked and acted like a committee, but was it in fact a committee and subject to the North Carolina Open Meetings Law?

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Rare Joint Meeting Bogs Down Over How To Vote

At least they didn’t discuss the shape of the table, however the longest discussion of the rare joint meeting of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners and the Greensboro City Council was about how to hold the vote on the Cure Violence program.

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Contracts For Proposed Cure Violence Program Released

Finally, there are some public documents about the proposed Cure Violence program. The Cure Violence program designed to treat violent crime and murders like a disease which the Greensboro City Council and the Guilford County Board of Commissioners have been discussing in private for months, is finally going to be discussed in public and the contracts they are slated to discuss are public documents.

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Ride A Bus For Free On Thursday, April 25

Thursday, April 25 you have an opportunity to ride one of Greensboro’s 10 electric buses for free. Actually you can ride any bus in the Greensboro Transit Authority (GTA) system for free that includes HEAT and SCAT, although SCAT buses are for people with disabilities that prevent them from riding the fixed route buses.  And not just that but the PART buses are free as are the buses in Winston-Salem and High Point.

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